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New Chapter for Library?
Tuesday 24th November 2015 @ 11:19 by Becky Cahill
Derbyshire County Council say Glossop could get a ‘brand new library’ if its Cabinet agree a report at a meeting on Tuesday.
Councillors will be asked to choose from two options for a new home for the library.
It’s either a £2.05m extension to the existing adult education building on Talbot Street, or a new library building in the adult education car park costing £2m.
Councillors will also be asked to give the go-ahead to move the library from Victoria Hall, and for the building to be handed back to ‘owners’ High Peak Borough Council.
It follows a recent survey that shows the hall has major structural problems.
The cost of fixing the structural issues and then refurbishment could cost £2.9m.
The structural work which Victoria Hall requires includes a new roof covering and work to the roof structure, structural repairs to the external walls, timber repairs throughout the building and a new heating system and substantial rewiring.
Cabinet member for health and communities Cllr Dave Allen said: “Once we’ve decided which of the two options we are going to pursue, the future of Glossop library is secured for the future. Victoria Hall is a wonderful building, but it has so many issues that need fixing. We cannot spend nearly £3m on a building that doesn’t belong to us.
“We’ve set aside the money for a new library so that Glossop has a library that is fit for the 21st century.
“I look forward to discussing this issue at our Cabinet meeting and deciding which of the two options we are going to pursue.”
David Jones